Keep Coral Gables Beautiful


To promote environmental sustainability and educate the community to take action every day to reduce litter from our open spaces & waterways, improve recycling efforts, and keep our City Beautiful.

KCGB was established in July 2020 and through this program, the City conducts a variety of events including downtown community cleanups, beautification events, educational opportunities, invasive plant removals, and more. Learn about upcoming events and how to get involved!

Programs and Upcoming Events

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Celebrate the last days of summer by getting involved in your community and helping us keep our City Beautiful. Join KCGB on Monday, Aug. 26 starting at 5 p.m. at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce office for the End of Summer Downtown Community Cleanup.

Presented by Keep Coral Gables Beautiful and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. Join us for a gelato cone and refreshments after the event at Freddo Gelato, courtesy of Baptist Health South Florida.

Volunteer hours available upon request.

Register for the End of Summer Downtown Community Cleanup.

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Phade Matheson Hammock Coastal Cleanup

Join Keep Coral Gables Beautiful and Phade for a fun and impactful beach and mangrove litter cleanup at Matheson Hammock Park on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. Make a difference in our community by helping us remove litter from our beautiful coastal areas. Phade will be offering gift cards and exciting giveaways to volunteers. Let's work together to keep Coral Gables clean and beautiful! 

Volunteer hours are available upon request. 

Register here for the Phade Matheson Hammock Coastal Cleanup.

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful has launched a new year-round Battery Recycling Pilot Program. This program aligns with the city’s goal of reducing waste that ends up in landfills and building a more resilient and sustainable City Beautiful. Since its launch in July 2021, over 2,981 pounds of batteries have been collected and recycled. Learn more about accepted batteries.

Battery recycling bins have been placed in the following locations:

  • Development Services Center: 427 Biltmore Way
  • City Hall: 405 Biltmore Way
  • Police and Fire Headquarters: 2151 Salzedo St.
  • War Memorial Youth Center: 405 University Drive
  • Public Works Department: 2800 SW 72nd Ave.
  • Adult Activity Center: 2 Andalusia Ave.
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Keep Coral Gables Beautiful is offering litter kits for individuals and small groups looking to host recurring solo cleanups in Coral Gables. Each litter kit has everything that you need to hold your own cleanup event. The litter kit includes a litter picker, a pair of reusable gloves, a safety vest, and one reusable mesh bag. Litter Kits are made possible through Keep America Beautiful and the 2024 Great American Cleanup grant program. Kit recipients will be asked to complete a post-cleanup report for data collection. 

Volunteer hours are provided upon request.

If you are interested in a litter kit, please fill out a litter kit request form. Availability is limited.

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KCGB has launched a new plastic film recycling program at three city facilities. Recycle plastic film products such as plastic bags, plastic delivery envelopes, bread bags, bubble wrap and more. The City of Coral Gables encourages the use of reusable bags when shopping. However, we understand that some plastic materials are unavoidable which is why we are providing these recycling bins to ensure plastic film is disposed of properly. 

All plastics collected will be recycled through NexTrex which repurposes the recycled plastic film into benches, deck materials and outdoor furniture. Please take a moment to review the list of accepted and unaccepted NexTrex items that can be placed in NexTrex bins. Thank you for joining us in making sustainable choices for our community.

NexTrex Plastic Film Recycling Bin Locations:

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Keep Coral Gables Beautiful Information

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful is a local affiliate of the Keep America Beautiful and Keep Florida Beautiful organizations. 


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Business/Group Cleanups

Whether you are a business looking for team-building opportunities or a group of friends wanting to give back to the community, we will help you coordinate a cleanup event. Complete and submit the KCGB Business/Group Event Request Form to get started.

Co-Executive Directors: Solanch Lopez and Matthew Anderson

Phone: 305-569-1835 | 305-460-5008


Diego J Cancel - Sustainability and Resiliency Supervisor

Phone: 305-460-5547

Nicole Gautney - Sustainability Coordinator

Phone: 305-476-7797


ADDRESS: 204 Minorca Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134

More Initiatives and Past Events

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Reverse Vending Machine Rewards Incentive Program

Thank you to the 715 people who participated in our Reverse Vending Machine Pilot Program. With your help, we were able to collect 18,258 containers in one year; that equals 1,035 pounds of beverage containers recycled! This program was made possible through the Florida Beverage Association Community Grant and Cycle.

We are grateful for all six of our local Coral Gables business partners who rewarded the top ten highest recyclers for each bi-monthly contest period. Coral Gables Art CinemaAmigo GrillManKind Grooming & ServicesWell Groomed GentlemanJust Salad and Mint Wellness.

Click here to learn more about recycling in Coral Gables and check in often to learn about our new recycling programs coming in 2024.

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UM Reverse Vending Machine

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Support the University of Miami's Sustainability Initiative student group at Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science (RSMAS) by collecting empty cans and bottles! For every plastic or aluminum beverage container recycled in the Reverse Vending Machine (RVM), the Sustainability Initiative earns a donation.

The RVM is located on the Main Campus at the Hurricane Food Court, in front of the Market store. Drop-off hours are Monday through Friday 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. The food court will be closed during holidays. No more than one bag per drop-off.

Learn more about UM's recycling here.

Air Potato Patrol

Air potatoes in South Florida are an invasive and noxious weed. To remove, pull them out from the bulb and detach from the vine. Place them in a plastic bag as they can continue to grow if left on the ground. How to spot and remove air potatoes.

Commissioner Anderson's Removal Campaign 

In an effort to build awareness, Commissioner Anderson is giving out a $10 dollar Books & Books gift card for anyone that  brings in one pound of air potatoes. You can bring them to City Hall to her office or at a city event. Events the Air Potato Patrol will be attending will be posted here. 

Downtown Community Cleanup – End of Summer Edition 2023

Downtown Community Cleanup – End of Summer Edition 2023

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful held it's End of Summer Downtown Community Cleanup on Aug. 31. Fifty-seven volunteers collected 369 pounds of litter from the downtown area, setting a new record for litter collected and our biggest turn-out to date. The Most Pounds Collected Contest provided several team winners with Books & Books gift cards, Venetian Pool tickets and a VIP Clutch Burger Card. A special thank you to the Chamber of Commerce, Clutch Burger, and Baptist Health South Florida.

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Pinewood Cemetery Invasive Plant Removal 2023

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On Friday, Aug. 4, 40 volunteers helped remove more than 7,500 pounds of invasive oyster plants from the Pinewood Cemetery. Volunteers did a fantastic job completing this collection in under two hours. Thank you to the Pinewood Cemetery Advisory Board and the Greenspace Management team for making this event possible! Also, a special thank you to Ranger Ready Repellent for their donation of 500 3.4-ounce insect repellent sprays that were given to everyone who attended the event.

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Plogging at Matheson 2023

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful wants to thank everyone who participated in the Great American Cleanup season kickoff event, "Plogging at Matheson," on April 1, 2023. Participants collected a total of 56 pounds of waste, all while enjoying the spring weather and helping the environment.

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